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Old 08-23-2006
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Diesel is not cut with ethanol. Only gasoline is...mainly as a fuel additive that both oxygenates the fuel and boosts octane. I hope you're not using a standard automotive trickle charger, but a smart three-stage marine battery charger. A trickle charger will often over charge the batteries and boil off electrolyte.

As for the odor in the water system. Try shock treating it with chlorine bleach, per Peggy Hall's instructions.
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